"This report was undertaken in response to a recommendation of the NIBRS [National Incident-Based Reporting System] Project Steering Committee to publish reports and highlight initiatives demonstrating the uses of incident-based crime reporting data. In September of 1998, The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) completed a review of incident-based publications prepared by State statistical agencies. The purpose of this evaluation was to gain an improved understanding of how States utilize detailed incident crime statistics. The report highlights and provides examples of advances made in areas such as Internet development. Certain States have gone beyond reporting incident-based data in the standardized format and have developed innovative methods for presenting crime statistics. In this report, emphasis was placed on those NIBRS certified States that disseminate formal incident-based materials to local agencies and to members of the general public. Publications include Annual Reports containing incident-based tables and graphs, special publications on topics such as campus crime and domestic violence, and Internet sites that provide current detailed crime statistics. Noncertified States that maintain incident-based collection systems and disseminate these statistics in some capacity also were included. To realize the full potential of NIBRS, incident-based collection systems must be implemented State-wide and, eventually, across the Nation. The local law enforcement departments are the key component of this system. It follows that these local agencies should be given the opportunity to see the advantages available through participating in a system such as NIBRS. States can expand their reporting of statistics to offer a broader view of victim and offender behavior, while relating criminal incidents that share common characteristics."
United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://bjsdata.ojp.usdoj.gov/